One of the popular recurring themes in anime history is that some characters look the opposite of their actual gender. The reason could be because of looks, and some just prefer to become a woman at heart. There are numerous series lately that are showing this theme, and even popular shonen series like One Piece and Naruto had their fair share of such characters.
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Haku is a male character in the Naruto series who dresses and looks so feminine. To be honest, everyone watching Naruto for the first time will react that he is one of the most beautiful female characters in the series. But upon learning more about Haku, we got slapped with the bitter reality.
In this article, we will not talk about Haku’s unique Kekkei Genkai, the Ice-Release, and his jutsus. We will talk about his gender, and so as the reason why he decided to dress like a lady. In this way, we will understand more about this short-lived, yet very popular partner of Zabuza, who is a popular character in his own right, too.
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Is Haku A Boy Or A Girl?
Was Haku Originally a Girl?
Why is Haku So Feminine?
What Episode or Chapter Did They Reveal Haku’s Gender?
Is Haku A Boy Or A Girl?
Haku was first shown in Episode 9 of Naruto in the anime, and Chapter 15 in the manga. However, this is not the part where he revealed his gender. He was never introduced properly in this part as well, only as being the enigmatic masked partner of Zabuza, thus never revealing his face at all, too.
The actual part where Haku revealed his gender was in Episode 12, or Chapter 21 in the manga when he was unmasked and seemed to be in disguise as a local picking up medicinal plants. He found Naruto sleeping in the woods as he was picking up some plants. The two then had a chat, where Naruto was impressing him about his training, believing that Haku is a girl because of his looks.
This scene also caused Haku to tell Naruto that he is a boy, but Naruto still told him that he is “prettier than Sakura” because of his looks. Throughout the conversation, Haku was never shown to have a feminine characteristic, as he was just having a planned chat with Naruto since he found him lying near him in the woods.
As you can see, Haku is only a girl in terms of appearance. But in terms of his original sexuality and behavior, he is still a boy at heart. It’s just that he gained the rare condition of being an androgynous – no more, no less!